For the next six weeks or so, we’re on the road again – with a trip to the US.
After spending a few days in San Francisco with my daughter Lini and son-in-law Joe, we began our road trip without a road – riding the iron rails instead.
We were on board the California Zephyr – the Amtrak train that runs between San Francisco and Chicago.
So, why the Zephyr?
Well, I blame WordPress.
Months and months ago, as I was setting up my travel blog and as Shirley and I were planning a trip to the US to see Lini and Joe, I spotted a WordPress blog from a guy who had just done the Zephyr, all the way from San Fran to Chicago – and then on to New York.
He showed how that could be done for as little as $213 – and that started us planning a similar trip, but even further – using a 30-day rail-pass to traverse the entire country.
In the end, that became too hard – there are too many limitations on the pass to make is doable for a couple approaching their 60s .. but we decided to do the SF-Denver leg ‘in style’. Ish.
If you want cheap, you can take the train in Coach (sitting up in reclining airline-style seats), for about $110.
If money is no object, you can book a full-blown Superliner Bedroom (with private ensuite and shower) for $1273.
Or (and this is what we did), you can go for the Superliner Roomette.
That gave us two reclining chairs, a table, two bunk beds, and communal toilet and shower facilities. It also gave us unlimited coffee, juices, water, sweets, and three meals a day in the dining car.
The Total cost? $280 each – including coach transfer from San Francisco’s Transit Terminal to the Emeryville station.
The trip was great fun – but there are some traps for young players .. I’ll look at them in a later post.
But overall, it was great fun .. and well worth considering, if you are looking for a different way to see the USA.
The Zephyr lived up to its name – it was both cool, and a breeze!